Many jobs and careers will cause you to interact with several different races and social circles. Not too long ago, I spent a couple of weeks helping a lady of Jewish descent with a project. She was unorthodox, and dabbled in music, poetry, and comedy. Although she has to be at least in her mid seventies, if you closed your eyes and heard her speech and mannerism, you would most likely come to the conclusion that she was in her early forties tops.
When I realized the project was heading into two-week territory, I was dismayed—I originally anticipated that it would take two days. Somewhere near the end of the first week, she informed me, “there’s a Jewish proverb that says a fool will think what is hard is easy, but a wise person knows that what is easy is hard. But you’re smart, you knew this was going to be difficult,” she mused while gazing at the newspaper layout on the computer screen. I arched my brows, acknowledging her statement and feeling no need to convince her otherwise.
Not a week later while waiting for a bus, a team of two Jewish men—who later revealed that they were salesmen—walked up to a Q113 bus stop in my neighborhood. For those of you who don’t know, this bus line is pretty much hood, so it was an unusual sight. But this atmosphere obstruction was lost on them, and they had no difficulty asking people what time the bus came. “If you want,” I said to one, taking a chance, “you can take the dollar cab.”
“Well, it’s two dollars now. But yeah, they’re pretty fast.”
“Two dollars… no, I have an unlimited metro card, that is not worth it.”
Many of us know that God has and continues to bless the Jewish people as he said he would (Genesis 12:3, Psalms 67, Numbers 6:23-26). I am under the impression that a part of the blessing included wisdom, including financial wisdom—in this case, when to spend, and what to spend on. I mulled over these two encounters for a while, and started applying them to my life. After all, work ethic and money management are skills we all can use improvement in.
When I asked the same man how he was managing with a full black coat and suit in the heat, he replied while keeping his eyes on the road, “I am immune.”